Journal article

Knowing and steering: Mediatization, planning and democracy in Victoria, Australia

A March, N Low

Planning Theory | Published : 2004


Habermas suggests that democracy means that a society is able to know itself and steer itself. This article builds on Habermas' conception that mediatization is a central impediment to the realization of democracy, while recognizing the locally particular resolution of democratic dilemmas represented by any planning system. Using Victoria, Australia as an example, the article seeks to demonstrate that Habermas' project offers a means of critiquing existing planning systems. Rather than communicative planning remaining an unattainable ideal, the possibility is explored of Habermasian critique offering practical directions for enhancing the democracy of existing planning systems. Copyright © 2..

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